The International Tchaikovsky Competition is dedicated to the discovery of the world’s finest young pianists, violinists, cellists and singers. The competition is held every four years with the XIV Competition scheduled for June 14-July 11, 2011.
Deadlines for all applications and submission of a DVD of a 50-minute recital will be December 1, 2010. An international screening jury will thereafter review all materials and propose to select 30 pianists, 25 violinists, 25 cellists, and 20 male and 20 female singers. The names of the selected musicians will be announced in March. The competition will consist of three rounds of live performances, all of which will be open to the public. New features of the competition will include a classical concerto to be performed by the instrumentalists and the performance of a work commissioned specifically for the competition, both during the semifinal round.
Cash prizes will be awarded to the top five competitors in each discipline of piano, violin, cello, and to each of the top four competitors in the men’s and women’s solo vocal categories. First prize (always to be awarded) is 20,000 Euro; second, 15,000 Euro; third, 10,000 Euro; fourth, 5,000 Euro; and fifth, 3,000 Euro. An additional prize, a Grand Prix of 10,000 Euro, may be awarded to one of the gold medalists deemed outstanding by the juries. Additional awards will be given for best performance of the chamber concerts and the commissioned new work.
The quadrennial International Tchaikovsky Competition, named after the Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, was established in 1958 in Moscow. Past editions have spawned such renowned musicians as pianists Van Cliburn and Vladimir Ashkenazy, violinists Viktor Tretiakov and Gidon Kremer, cellists David Geringas and Nathaniel Rosen, and singers Yelena Obraztsova and Deborah Voigt.